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Address: 106 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-678-1786
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Description: Showroom/retail store/museum/factory. We offer interpretive tours of our...
Showroom/retail store/museum/factory. We offer interpretive tours of our factory and we also offer a wide variety of ammolite jewelry and gem grade ammonite fossils or fossil pieces for sale.
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Very expensive

Definitely not for bargain hunters. Nice store, friendly staff, but the majority of the stock was very high end.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2014
MariaVin
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I have been living in Alberta for just over 5 years and did not know our gem was the Ammolite. My wife and I went in April when it was very quiet and got a mini tour with lots of interesting information- if you are into paleontology to any degree. The gems are very beautiful and they were happy to... More 

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Luseland, SK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A must-see in Canmore. Tours are available & staff love sharing the process these gems (found only in southern AB) travel through to become jewelry. Small fee for tour. Factory is free. Great selection of gems. The one mine left is estimated to be depleted within the next 20 yrs.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just returned from Canmore and a "tour" of the ammonite factory. This is a joke. We were upset when we found out we had paid 5.00 each plus tax to stand around the outer perimiter of the store while a salesperson talked to us. It is fairly boring. We could have picked up the same information asking questions of... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Hello, we are sorry you had such a disappointing time. There are others that feel differently, however, here at the Ammonite Factory we appreciate all feedback and strive to do better next time. To enlighten all others reading these posts; our tours are interpretive tours, and our factory is small because we are working on gems and not something large... More 

Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The tour is very interesting and educational - well worth $5 dollars - the price of most coffees. I would recommend it - plus the staff are very friendly and helpful. Ammolite is expensive - but it is a rare gem so I expected that.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We booked and paid for a tour @ $5.00 per person and stood around only to find out that standing in the store was the tour. Nice jewelry but didn't learn anything from a tour.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Definitely not for bargain hunters. Nice store, friendly staff, but the majority of the stock was very high end.

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Mississauga
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I visited the Ammonite Factory today with the sole purpose of purchasing jewelry. I will say the 'factory' part is a little misleading, I would say more like gift shop with some workstations. The jewelry itself was very beautiful, selection was excellent and prices seemed reasonable (keep in mind ammonite is extreamly expensive stuff no matter where you get it).... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Here at the Ammonite Factory we do appreciate and respect any feedback. Observations of our customer service sales staff are very valuable and not taken lightly; your comments enable us to strive to do more and be better. To the author of this post - if it were not for customers such as yourself we would not be aware of... More 

Montreal, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Pay 5 dollars and we'll tell you how amazing our product is! I understand that they need to pay their real estate but this is a bit of a gimmick. The 'factory' name makes it sound like prices are lower but they are not. Also, many staff members are not that friendly. This is clearly a business venture not focused... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We do appreciate your observation of our facility and apologize for your unsatisfactory experience. If you are unhappy you are welcome to contact us directly. A jewelry factory is small, and might not be what you expected, but the Ammonite Factory is definitely a factory and a working one at that. That is why we are located in the industrial... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I enjoyed the $5 tour of the workshop. The guide was very informative and really explained the information for us. It was great that the tour was not trying to sell you the product, merely to give you the information about it I think the shop itself if a bit of a scam with crazy expensive prices. I personally would... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback on our interpretive tour! We are glad you enjoyed the tour and learned about ammolite. The prices we have at the Ammonite Factory reflect the value of the gem ammolite which is listed as one of the rarest on the planet. We consider our prices competitive and often our prices are lower than other retail shops... More 

Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This gemstone is very soft and will scratch or damage very easily. When they manufacture it, because it is so soft, they take a thin layer of the shell and glue it onto a harder background material. Based on my experience, it tends to delaminate eaily resulting in a thin layer of air between the background material and the shell.... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments in regards to jewelry production, however, your statement is not quite accurate in regards to manufacturing. In the Ammonite Factory we absolutely DO NOT take the shell off and put it onto a false backing (such as opals are made). We leave the shell adhered to it's natural backing - basically the Bearspaw Shale it is... More 

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